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Support and information for looked after children and young people

Information for children and young people who are looked after by a foster carer, adoptive family or social services.

Most children and young people who are looked after by social services live with a foster carer until they can return to live with their own birth family, or until an adoptive family is found.

For children and young people we have produced the following guides about adoption and fostering.

If you don't feel like reading the information on your own, maybe you could ask an adult, a carer, your social worker, or even a friend to read it with you - it's always good to share things

If you are a young person and want more detailed information about adoption or fostering please read these:

Other people you can talk to

If you are unhappy or have any worries about being fostered or adopted, you must tell someone you trust. There are lots of people you could talk to who can help you to sort things out:

  • Jigsaw4U- offers a range of independent services for children that can be tailored to meet their individual needs, including advocacy, call them on 07432 586 332 or email

See also

Contact us

London Borough of Merton
Permanence and Placements Service
4th Floor, Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Email or
Telephone 020 8545 4201